Which Smartphone to buy – iPhone or HTC?
A “Smartphone” can be classed as a hybrid between your typical mobile phone and a Personal Digital Assistant or shortened to PDA, it is a device that lets you make standard telephone calls, text messaging, but also adds in sophisticated features that you might find on a personal digital assistant or a portable computer like the ability to send and receive e-mail, audio and video files, edit Office documents, manage your To-Do lists, it can also host many other applications that will make your life easily manageable (from an organisational and time management perspective).
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Smartphone Key Features
There is no standard definition of the term "Smartphone", however it is widely accepted that t device called Smartphone will be more than just a phone and it would provide advanced features a typical Smartphone may have one or more of the following attributes:
So what is an iPhone?
Operating System: The operating system allows your Smartphone to come alive and allows it to run productivity applications, games and other advanced features. Smartphone’s like iPhone, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung and other brands all feature one or another version of operating systems. There are many types of Smartphone operating systems available, including: Symbian, Android, Blackberry, WebOS, Apple iOS, Windows Mobile Professional. The most popular are the Apple iPhone, and the newest open source OS is the - Android. Android is a mobile operating system (OS) developed by Google.
Software Applications: Almost all mobile phones include some sort of software (even the most basic models these days include an address book or some sort of application, a Smartphone provides you with the ability to do more. It may allow you to create and edit Word or Excel documents or view and send other file types. The Smartphone may allow you to download applications, audio or video files, manage your To-Do lists, monitor and manage your daily finances or view and track your stocks and share values. The Smartphone’s can also allow you to edit photos, videos, get driving directions via GPS, and even create music files.
Internet Access: Smartphone’s can access the Web and allow you to surf the net, access emails, keep to date with social sites like Facebook or even read your Hubpages, thanks to the growth of 3G data networks and the addition of Wi-Fi support to many handsets like iPhone, HTC, Blackberry and other Smartphone devices.
Keyboard (QWERTY format): Smartphone include a QWERTY keyboard. This means that the keys are laid out similar to that on your computer keyboard. The keyboard can be hardware (physical keys that you type on) or software (on a touch screen, like you'll find on the iPhone, Samsung, HTC etc).
Messaging Feature: All mobile phones provide the ability to send and receive text messages, but a Smartphone can handle email and multi-media messaging. A Smartphone can sync with your personal or your professional email account. Some Smartphone’s can include access to the popular instant messaging services, like Google and Yahoo Messenger.
Listed above are just some features that make a Smartphone device really clever. The technology surrounding Smartphone’s and mobile phones is constantly evolving, so what can be defined as a Smartphone today may change by next week, next month, or next year.
The two Smartphone’s that I recently looked at to replace my Blackberry was the iPhone 4 and the HTC EVO 4G device.
It is so difficult to choose a Smartphone, especially with so many models and different features then you have to consider the service provider and so on. It can be information overload sometimes tying to choose the best device for your own requirements. So I listed all my requirements in a table and then reviewed each Smartphone and awarded it points.
The device with the highest score was the one that I purchased; the table below shows my findings:
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Overall Winner: Apple iPhone 4
I was impressed with both these Smartphone devices as they both most certainly are, Apple’s iPhone 4 appears to be a better deal it looks nicer to me, and offered more applications and better features overall than the HTC device. HTC’s 4G connectivity is less of an advantage in real life than on paper after factoring in real-life network speeds and issues with 4G battery life. The iPhone 4 is considerably smaller, has a higher resolution screen, and offers more storage for the money.
My main driver for choosing iPhone 4 was the feature rich applications that it provides and because it is so popular the list of available software applications is increasing daily.